Northern Ireland


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Well as I’m sure as you all know today was St Patrick’s Day and as it’s a bank holiday here in N.I. my hubby had the day off, so we decided to take a little day trip. My daughter was off too so she came with us, unfortunately my poor son-in-law had to work!

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We took a drive to a little place called Whitehead, as you can see they like to paint their homes nice bright colours.

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Whitehead is quite close to a very good fabric shop which is where my daughter and I disappeared to after our picnic lunch, my Hb set off along the coast with his camera while we were away, so it was a win, win situation!!

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The sky was a bit overcast today but the sun did manage to break through from time to time and it was dry and mild.

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At times it was clear enough to see Scotland, if you look along the horizon in the above photo you can just about see it!

So all in all a lovely day out (and yes I did buy more fabric!!).

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I’ll leave you with my new springtime bunny, this is Jemima! Thank you all so much for your lovely comments about Beatrix, my last bunny, you are all so kind!

Wishing you all a fabulous new week! :)

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Oh my what a beautiful week it has been, lots and lots of spring sunshine!!

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I walked into town one day, via ‘my park’ and I have to say the park is looking beautiful in the sunshine, lots of long tree shadows.

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Lots of little crocuses around trees, blue skies and green grass. Actually some of that green grass above is the cricket green, you can just see the pavilion in the background in the top left photo, it won’t be long until the cricketers are out there playing in their whites, another good sign for happy sunshiny days.

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I took this photo in my craftroom on Wednesday morning of the sun streaming in through the window.

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The garden is looking good in the sunshine too, the flowering currant is about to bloom, there are still lots of daffodils and bursting buds everywhere! The bottom photo is my dicentra and you can almost watch it grow!!

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I’m still working at my springtime bunnies, this is the second one who I have named Beatrix after the best bunny author ever! She has a Peter Rabbit fabric skirt and a blue cardie the colour of Peter’s jacket which is fastened with a cute little bunny button.
The blocks, by the way, are by the clever Chipper Nelly.
It will be two years on Saturday since I made my first little bunny, Lavender Rose and Beatrix is bunny number 94, that turned out well, didn’t it!! ;)

I do hope, if you’re in the northern hemisphere, that you too have been getting some spring sunshine, it does feel good. Fingers crossed that it continues into the weekend.

Thanks for dropping by, I do appreciate your visits and lovely comments.

Happy weekend! :)

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Yesterday turned out to be quite a nice day after what was a very stormy Saturday and so I did what I love to do best on a Sunday afternoon, take a walk in my park.

It was after 4.00pm when we arrived in the park and the sun was beginning to set, the sky was a beautiful lilac and we found ourselves in a very moody, atmospheric park.

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Beautiful all year round!!!

However that was yesterday and today we are back to the heavy rain and gale force winds again, so nothing else for it but…………..

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……bunny making!

Happy Monday, have a great week! :)

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My Hb had a day off yesterday so we decided to take a trip to the city, we normally ‘do’ Belfast on a Saturday but it was lovely to have a little more space to look around as the Saturday crowds at this time of year are huge!

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We first took a trip out to the east of the city, the home of the iconic Samson and Goliath as I wanted to pay a visit to the lovely Textile Studio.

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East Belfast is also the birthplace of C S Lewis and here’s the man himself looking into his wardrobe.

After a delicious lunch in the lovely Lindores Coffee House where we had our tea served in vintage tea cups we headed into the city centre.

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The Continental Market is in the grounds of the City Hall at the moment and it was great to be able to walk around it and actually see something, to be honest I wouldn’t even attempt this on a Saturday afternoon.

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Lovely to see a little bit of France under the dome of the city hall!

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No shortage of reindeer here!

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When I saw this jolly Nutcracker it reminded me of my lovely blog friend Sally. If you read Mollie Makes magazine you will have seen Sally’s very clever Nutcracker pattern in this months issue!

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The City Hall is looking lovely with it’s many changing colours!

So we had a very enjoyable afternoons shopping in festive Belfast, I can highly recommend Monday city shopping especially at this time of year.

Happy Tuesday, we’re starting to look at bit festive at home too, the trees are up! :)

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Today is the autumn equinox and traditionally the beginning of autumn in the northern hemisphere (although not according to the GRD calendar, we have another week to go yet)! This year, though, it looks like the Green Rabbit calendar is correct because it has been like summer outside today, so warm and sunny, not at all Keats- like.

Our mild weather has something to do with the end of Hurricane Humberto and it’s warm sub-tropical air out in the Atlantic, I’d like to thank Humberto very much and if he would like to hang around out there in the Atlantic until Next March, that’s fine by me.

I thought it was time we had another little walk in the park and check out the change in nature, it turned out to be a very pleasant walk indeed and I think I could get to like the change in season if the temperatures remained like this, the autumn colours look so much better in the sunshine and its lovely not to have to wear a coat!

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So some autumn colours are beginning to appear but there’s still quite a bit of green around.

Hope you enjoyed yet another little jaunt around ‘my park’!

Have a great new week, lets hope it’s a warm and sunny one. :)

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As I mentioned in my last post I am in the process of getting my own little craft room and during a lot of sorting out quite a few little bits and pieces have come to light again. Some of them have been around for quite a while. I remember getting some of them from an elderly neighbour of my aunts when I was a young girl. The little doll faces came from this old lady, is it me or do any of you find them slightly creepy?

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This crochet yarn is still in it’s original celophane!

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It’s going to stay in it’s paper too!!!

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A new way to take up your trousers and an implement from the time when people darned their socks! Maybe you still do!

On the subject of vintage treasures it was my Hb’s birthday today, good job he doesn’t read my blog! ;)

We headed to the coast for some lunch on what was a drizzly day.

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It really was quite wet when I took this photo.

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The lighthouse is Donaghadee lighthouse in County Down. The Irish Sea was looking quite grey and moody today.

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This view is across Strangford Lough.

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So there you are, I managed a post without flowers or rabbits!!! ;)
While I’m on the subject, can I just thank you all so much for all your lovely comments on my last post. In hindsight it looks like I was fishing for compliments, that wasn’t the case at all, I just felt that my posts were all becoming a bit samey. I love my quiet simple life it just doesn’t always make for exciting blogposts but you have all been very kind, so thank you!

So tomorrow my boy is home and we will continue the birthday celebrations with a family tea!

Wishing you all a great rest-of-the-week! :)

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These are the Mourne Mountains, the mountain on the right of the photo is Slieve Donard, Northern Ireland’s highest mountain.

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This is where “The Mountains of Mourne Sweep Down to the Sea” (a song written about the area).

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This is the Irish Sea under a greyish sky which wasn’t like this all the time, the clouds let the sunshine in from time to time.

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And this little town is Newcastle, Co Down, which sits at the foot of the Mournes.

All very calm and peaceful you would think!

Well it was until this ………………

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Aeroplanes! And lots of them too. We had come to the seaside to watch the Festival of Flight! I probably have mentioned it here before but I adore all kinds of flying machines, so this was a treat!

I have to say that all the photos of planes were taken by my Hb as my little point and shoot just couldn’t keep up with them and I would rather watch what was going on anyway, I took a few but Hb’s are much better!

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Then my favourites arrived ~ The Red Arrows !!!

The skill of these pilots is absolutely amazing. I love the speed, the noise, the excitement of their display!

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Absolutely fantastic!!!!!

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The show then finished with a display from a Vulcan, which is the last of it’s kind still flying. It looked like a giant moth in the sky, an amazing aircraft!

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It was a brilliant afternoon, exciting displays and it stayed dry despite some very grey clouds at times!

Thanks again Hb for the use of your photos.

Now as we are on a seaside theme, I thought I would share my two recent girls with you.

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This is Marina, who is on her way to live in Spain!

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And this little lady is Shelley, who is going to live in England!

Thanks as always for dropping by!

Have a wonderful week! :)

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I have finally got around to sorting out my photos from last week’s outings. We had lovely weather for my Hb’s time off work and we made the most of it by getting out and about, a lot!!! Be warned this is a very picture-heavy post!

These first lot of photos are from Antrim Castle Gardens, Co Antrim.

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All the following pics were taken at Gosford Forest Park, Co Armagh. Gosford has a huge castle which is now, believe it or not, used as apartments, quite a grand place to live!!

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And finally our day out at the seaside, at Groomsport, Co Down.

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So that was last week, if you are still with me, thank you, I just needed to get it all recorded.

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The weather has been absolutely wonderful, not only last week but this week and by the sound of things next week too! Happy days!!

Thanks as always for dropping by, have yourselves a wonderful weekend! :)

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Today was St Swithun’s Day and according to the rhyme…….

St Swithun’s day if thou dost rain
For forty days it will remain
St Swithun’s day if thou be fair
For forty days ’twill rain nae mare

……we should be enjoying 40 more days of sunshine, in this neck of the woods anyway, I hope so in your neck of the woods too!

This was the last day of my Hb’s holidays and we decided to pay a visit to the Rose Garden at Sir Thomas and Lady Dixon Park in Belfast. This is Rose Week at the gardens and there are lots of events taking place including the rose trials when the roses are judged. I wouldn’t like to be a judge as how anyone could possibly pick one above the other, I don’t know!!!

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There are thousands of roses and this year they are particularly beautiful because there hasn’t been the usual rain to destroy them. So many years when we have visited the poor flowers were fading before they had even opened up but not this year.

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There was even a harpist to serenade us as we walked around! Sunshine, roses, a beautiful scent in the air and harp music, pretty perfect, don’t you think!

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So a very pleasant way to spend an afternoon, now I’m looking forward to the next 40 days of sunshine!!

Have a great week! :)

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I’m taking you for a white walk in the park today, not white like this post, a different time of year and a different kind of white!

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The white I’m referring too is the abundance of beautiful flowers and blossom in bloom in the park at the moment.

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There is so much cow parsley, in fact there are swathes of it everywhere and very pretty it is too!

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Lots of little clumps of daisies just waiting to be made into daisy chains!

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Beautiful horse chestnut candles.

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The hawthorn is so amazing this year, I’m sure that means something in folklore, I do hope it’s not a bad winter!!! My father would have known.

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Isn’t the hawthorn blossom simply gorgeous.

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Right along this path the trees are covered in white, it actually looked even more impressive a couple of evenings ago when the sun was setting, it was so bright today and the sun has bleached the photos a little and you don’t get the same effect.

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It wasn’t just the flora that was white, the fauna was mostly white today too. There were swans in various stages of life, babies, juveniles, expectant mums and young parents!

There were so many white butterflies too fluttering about, all too busy to pose for photos though!

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It has been such a beautiful day here today and I think possibly the hottest yet. I do love a walk in ‘my park’, I love the sunshine and I love summer!!! :)

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